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Child's body found at mother's home

Police investigating the deaths of a woman and her young son, who died after falling from rocks on Dartmoor, have discovered a child's body at her home.

The 24-year-old woman and her five-year-old son died at Haytor in Devon - one of Dartmoor's most famous landmarks which is popular with walkers and climbers.

The body of a two-year-old boy, also believed to be her son, was later found at her home address in Dukes Close, Paignton.

Devon and Cornwall Police said they have launched a murder investigation led by the force's major crime investigation team

Detective Superintendent Paul Burgan said: "We are keeping an open mind about all three deaths, but at this stage we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident. We are keen to speak to anyone who may have any information or might have been in the Haytor area earlier today, Friday."

An air ambulance, a police helicopter and members of the Dartmoor Rescue Group were called to the scene at 11.50am.

The Dartmoor National Park Authority asked members of the public to avoid visiting the area due to the tragedy.

Tributes were paid to the mother and child by members of the emergency services. The Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team tweeted: "The team were called to assist at a tragic incident at Haytor today. Our thoughts are with the family."

Post-mortem examinations are due to take place and next of kin have been informed, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101, quoting log 316 of 120713.

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